This Year, You Can Do Laps on Philly’s Pro-Cycling Race Course

The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is opening its course up to amateurs.

If you ever watched the (now canned) Philadelphia International Cycling Championship and wished you could take a spin on the course, you’re in luck: the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic—the new race that replaced the Cycling Championship this year—is partnering up with Bicycling magazine to open its course early for amateur cyclists.

The so-named Bicycling Open, which will take place on June 2nd before the pro race, will allow recreational cyclists to complete as many laps as possible between 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. on the new 12-mile Parx Cycling Classic course. And get this: They’re even doing chip timing so you’ll have something to brag about afterwards.

The course is mainly concentrated in Fairmount, East Falls and Manayunk, and, of course, includes a climb up the infamous Manayunk Wall. Participants will get a swag bag, post-ride breakfast and meet-and-greet opportunity with athletes from the Cadence Cycling Foundation. Basic entry is $25, but $80 gets you a commemorative jersey, and $100 gets you entry to the CCFan Zone, located at the finish line of the pro race. Register here.


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